Bicycle Accidents

What to Do If You’re in a Bicycle Accident

Far too often, bicyclists don’t seek the proper counsel necessary to pursue the compensation they deserve following a bicycle accident. Although crashes are often caused by weather conditions or roadway hazards, many of these are due to some type of negligence on the part of automobile and truck drivers.

In 2017, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported over 6,400 bicycle crashes.  If you are involved in a bicycle accident in Florida, you have rights – especially if the accident was due to a driver who can be shown to be negligent or reckless in some way.

The personal injury attorneys at the Eltringham Law Group have the knowledge and dedication it takes to help clients receive the compensation they deserve when they are injured in a bike accident, especially one that also involves a motor vehicle.

What to Do If You’re in a Bicycle Accident

Causes of Bicycle Accidents

There are numerous causes of bicycle accidents that can result in serious injury, disability or death. Some of the most common reasons you may seek compensation due to a bicycle crash include:

  • Drivers don’t see you on the road and infringe on your space
  • Motorists drive in your path or cut you off
  • Vehicle operators or passengers open doors as you are driving by, causing you to flip
  • Drivers speeding, swerving or driving recklessly
  • Hit and runs
  • Unrepaired road hazards
  • Defective bicycles or bicycle parts

No matter what the cause, the result of a bicycle collision with a motor vehicle can be catastrophic, resulting in serious injury, head trauma, paralysis, permanent disability or even death. That’s why you need a bike accident attorney that is on your side. We will help you build a case so you can get the compensation you deserve to cover current and future medical expenses, as well as compensatory damages such as loss of wages or an inability to work, pain and suffering, and other punitive damages.

What to Expect Following Your Bicycle Accident

When you choose the Eltringham Law Group to represent you following a bicycle accident involving personal injury, property damage or death, here is what you can expect to happen:

  • We offer free consultations so you can get all your questions answered and can spend time talking directly with an experienced attorney about your rights and expected outcomes.
  • Leave all the work to us. We will be in contact with doctors, hospitals, witnesses, insurance providers, police, attorneys and anyone else necessary to settle your claim. We will thoroughly investigate your accident and will build a solid case so that you are more likely to be awarded additional compensation from insurance companies or other parties.
  • You focus on you. Whether you are still recovering from injuries or are simply dealing with the stress and anxiety that is common following bicycle accidents, now is the time to focus on your own needs while you leave the details of your case in the hands of experienced attorneys that will get the job done right.
  • We work on a contingent fee basis. This means that you don’t need to lay out any money up front in order to have our injury attorneys work on your case. We don’t get paid unless we recover a financial settlement or jury award for you.

To schedule your free consultation or for more information on accidents involving bicycles, contact the Eltringham Law Group at 561-338-0420.

Common Questions About Biking Accidents

Being involved in a bicycle accident with a motor vehicle is scary and can have serious consequences. If you find yourself in this situation, you likely have many questions, including:

If you are on a bicycle and get into an accident with an automobile, it’s important to take the appropriate steps. Call the police immediately and get yourself and your bike into a safe area – off the street and/or onto a sidewalk or parking lot. Document the event with witnesses and photos if you are able. Preserve the damages of your bike as best as possible since these accidents usually have excessive property damage. Seek medical attention immediately and call the attorneys at our office to discuss the next steps with compassion and care.

If you’re injured by an automobile while riding your bicycle, you have options for seeking compensation or your injuries, medical expenses and more.  Most car insurance policies cover different types of losses involving the car and a bicyclist. This may also apply to the insurance policy of the bicycle rider’s own car insurance. To review your case in detail at no cost, contact our attorneys at the Eltringham Law Group.

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Florida’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage states that a bicyclist who suffers injuries in an accident must file a claim under their own auto insurance policy to recover certain expenses and losses. This no-fault law in Florida limits a bicycle accident victim’s options of legal action against the at-fault driver. There is also specific criteria to be met for an injured bicyclist to file an action against the at-fault driver to recover damages outside of the PIP coverage. You can speak with one of our experienced attorneys at the Eltringham Law Group at no cost for a better understanding of these complex situations.

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You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Call the Eltringham Law Group today at 561-338-0420 for these and any other personal injury questions you may have.